Calling all the candy girls. We know what’s on your mind.
After the cast made an appearance at the 2016 BET Awards, everyone’s buzzing about the upcoming New Edition biopic miniseries, which will tell the life story of the famous men behind the Boston-bred 90s R&B group. Here’s what we know so far about the sure-to-be epic film which will chronicle the rise to fame of group members Johnny Gill, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie Devoe, Ricky bell and Michael Bivins.
The Cast Is In Already In Formation
The casting is all set and actors have been selected for roles depicting the members of New Edition as little kids (when they first met) and young men. Empire star Bryshere Y. Gray will play Michael Bivins; Actor Elijah Kelley will play Ricky Bell; singer-songwriter Luke James has signed on to play Johnny Gill; actor Algee Smith will portray Ralph Tresvant; actor Keith Powers will become Ronnie Devoe; actor Woody McClain plays Bobby Brown. Actors Dante Hoagland, Caleb McLaughlin, Jahi Winston, Myles Truitt and Tyler Williams will play the younger versions of the group members. Wood Harris, Duane Martin, Tank and Faizon Love have also been added to the impressive cast. Harris, most known for his roles in The Wire, Remember The Titans, Paid In Full and The Breaks, will play New Edition’s manager Brook Payne. Love will take on the role of musician Maurice Starr, while Martin and Tank will portray record executives Louil Silas and Jheryl Busby.
Expect Accuracy and Honesty
DeVoe, Brown, Bell, Bivins, Tresvant, and Gill are all signed on as co-producers of the New Edition biopic, along with the group’s manager, choreographer and mentor Brooke Payne.
Save Three Dates
The New Edition biopic will be a three-night mini series airing on BET in 2017.
New Edition will perform at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival. There’s still time to get your tickets for the incredible lineup coming to the Superdome in New Orleans.